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Sue is the founder and CEO of NoOffence! CIC, Managing Director of Smartr Consulting Ltd and Director of Athena Delta Business Support Ltd.
Life within criminal justice began many years ago setting up a Samaritan Listener scheme within prison, which probably still fuels her passion, motivation and determination to continually push for positive change within the sector today. Sue has extensive business development and strategic positioning experience, derived from a variety of senior management roles within private, public and voluntary organisations. She is an ‘out of the box thinker,’ an accomplished strategist and with her ferocious attention to detail, NoOffence! are assured that as an organisation they have the vision, necessary support and capability to succeed.
Sue is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, married to John and has four grown up children.
Richard is the founder and Operations Director of NoOffence! CIC and Director of Operations of Smartr Consulting Ltd.
Richard is a creative and highly effective director with 17 years experience of working for voluntary, public and private sector organisations within criminal justice. A Prince2 Practitioner, he has a range of highly developed technical skills around partnership development and project management with a particular flare for bringing together the ‘right’ mix of speakers for all the NoOffence! conferences. Richard is a passionate advocate for improving services for all vulnerable people, especially those at risk of becoming involved with offending, utilising his negotiating and influencing skills to full effect. His exceptional communication skills have been developed through training and experience in a variety of challenging project development and management roles. Richard is committed to developing solutions to make a difference and change people’s lives.
John Clifford has over 20 years’ experience of senior management in the service of the private sector in distribution with Littlewoods and Argos, and most recently as an HR Business Partner and member of the senior management team in Parcelforce and Royal Mail, which had an annual recruitment campaign to bring in up to 30,000 temporary staff, as well as the normal recruitment requirements. He offers the expertise and experience gained in over 20 years of management of large unionised businesses, during which time he was the lead point during mergers and acquisitions and major restructuring. This expertise is now combined with the experience and awareness of starting and running a small business, building on his early experience within the family building business. He is looking forward to expanding his activities with NoOffence Works!, building a socially responsible and cost-effective solution to provide a recruitment and HR service with a special insight into the criminal justice sector.
Having been through the experience from the point of view of both the subject and the instigator of major change, John has applied his experience of people and resource management, his analytical capacity to understand the requirements of companies, and his ability to empathise with people even in difficult circumstances to achieve positive outcomes that deliver real, sustainable improvements.
Tanya comes from a family of Police Officers, she spent 6 years as a Special Constable with Hampshire Constabulary, based in Portsmouth. Tanya then attended University, she started with a Criminology Degree and went on to complete a MSc in Criminal Justice Studies and a PGCE. She went on to teach Law, Sociology and Criminal Psychology in several 6th Form Colleges before taking a job teaching life-sentenced prisoners in HMP Kingston. Tanya believes that Offender Learning delivery needs to change drastically and that it needs to encapsulate ‘progression of the individual’ at it’s core and must be ‘of value’ to the learner to be of any worth. She is considering starting a PhD.
Ray Wegrzyn was born, raised and educated in central Manchester. Leaving school at eighteen, but uncertain of his direction, he worked for three years with severely disabled children, but he found his niche in the Probation Service, in or around which he worked for the following thirty-five years. He started in 1976 as a sessional supervisor in the then brand new Community Service Team. The last nine years of his career were very productively spent as an Inspector in HMI Probation. He retired in 2011 due to ill health – the impact of twenty years of Parkinson’s.
Since retiring, he has co-authored and published a book of Verse and Art to raise funds for the charity he has founded – Parkinson’s EQUIP. A second book, a memoir, is written and being considered for publication and he has been satisfying a long held wish to learn to play the saxophone. He is also regularly involved as a subject for research into Parkinson’s by Manchester University.
Having had little to do with criminal justice matters for over a year after retirement, Ray successfully applied in response to an advert to be one of the judges for the Redemption and Justice awards. Remaining involved for a second year, he was delighted to accept the opportunity to work with NoOffence, taking on the recruitment and support of the judges and their work and to contribute to the development of the whole concept of the awards.
Mark Harvey is a freelance professional photographer with over 20 years experience. Trading as iD8 Photography, Mark provides businesses, charities and Government organisations with high quality photography. Clients include Sheffield Hallam University, Citizenship Foundation, SOVA, Sheffield City Council, Unite the Union, Crown Prosecution Service, Howells Solicitors, Howard League, Serco and many more.
Mark has specialised in capturing images of public services at work, including work for the Home Office, the National Offending Management Service, Skills for Justice, South Yorkshire Police and Social Services. He has a specific interest in illustrating work in areas of deprivation with a strong portfolio of images and issues relating to the rehabilitation of people with convictions and the effects of poverty on different age groups and communities. Mark has established tried and tested ways of working sensitively with vulnerable individuals and security issues that allows him to access hard to reach places and people.
Mark has kindly provided the photographs for this website, you can view his excellent portfolio from the link in the footer below.
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